Foreign citizens, except Nordic nationals, need a residence and work permit in order to work in the Faroe Islands.
Entry conditions requirements vary according to country of origin and length of stay.
Citizens of Nordic countries are free to live, work and study in the Faroe Islands. Neither visa, residence permit nor work permit is required.
Citizens of Nordic countries, i.e. Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, can enter the Faroe Islands without a passport. However, they must be able to identify themselves upon request. A driving licence is valid form of identification.
Although the Faroe Islands are part of the Danish Kingdom, the Faroe Islands and Denmark are two different legal territories with different travel and immigration regulations. Furthermore, the Faroe Islands are not part of the European Union, despite Denmark´s membership of the EU.
Researchers coming to the Faroe Islands to conduct research on a short term basis must apply for a residence and work permit.
Researchers and lecturers invited to teach or conduct similar activities in the Faroe Islands can work without a work permit, provided the duration of their stay does not exceed three consecutive months.
Passport and Visa
All non Nordic nationals, including citizens of EU countries, must have a valid passport in order to enter the Faroe Islands.
Citizens from countries with visa requirements must obtain a tourist visa for travelling to the Faroe Islands for up to 3 months. A visa to enter Denmark or another Schengen country is not valid for entry into the Faroe Islands as the country is not part of the Schengen Agreement. Citizens from countries with visa requirements will most likely need a Schengen visa and a visa to enter the Faroe Islands as travelling to the Faroe Islands normally goes through a Schengen country, such as Denmark.
For stays longer than three months researchers and PhD students must have a residence and work permit. This also applies to citizens from EU countries as the Faroe Islands are not part of the EU.
Since the Faroe Islands and Denmark are two distinct travel areas, a residence permit in Denmark does not carry with it the right to reside in the Faroe Islands.
The Faroe Islands have a general rule of only granting residence and work permit to foreign nationals with qualifications that are not available in the Faroe Islands.
Researchers must have a written job contract or job offer from a Faroese research institution specifying salary and employment conditions when applying for a permit. It is not a requirement that the applicant is employed full time as a researcher. Salary and employment conditions must correspond to Faroese standards.
PhD students must be enrolled at a Danish or Faroese university. PhD students enrolled in a PhD programme abroad doing part of their programme in the Faroe Islands may also be granted a work permit. PhD students must have sufficient funds to support themselves during their residence in the Faroe Islands.
PhD students are allowed to work full-time at the university at which they have been enrolled or at a company affiliated to their PhD programme with work tasks that are part of their PhD programme. They are also allowed to take upp additional employment besides their full-time job as PhD students at a limited scale.
EU citizens can be granted a residence and work permit through a special EU Scheme when the rate of unemployment in the Faroe Islands is low. Since the unemployment rate is currently below 3,5 per cent, it is possible to apply for a residence and work permit based on this scheme within all trades.
Some Faroese employers are pre-approved for employment of citizens from the EU countries. If an EU citizen has an employment with a pre-approved employer, he or she can start working as soon as the employment has been notified through application to the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI).
EU citizens who have been offered employment by a Faroese employer who is not pre-approved may not start working before they have received a permit.
Medical doctors with a Danish authorisation who have been offered a job at a Faroese hospital can be granted a permit without prior approval from the Faroese Immigration Office, provided the conditions on salary and terms of employment are met.
A spouse/cohabiting partner who wishes to accompany a foreign national holding a Faroese residence and work permit to the Faroe Islands must submit a separate application. Children under the age of 18 can be included in the spouse's/cohabiting partner's application. Accompanying family members will be granted residence permit for the same period as the foreign national with a work contract in the Faroe Islands.
The foreign national must be able to support his family members and the family must live together in the Faroe Islands.
The spouse or cohabiting partner is allowed to work full-time for the entire period of his or her permit.